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really big happened. south carolina senator jim demint announced today he'll be leaving the senate. he'll not be there anymore. he's leaving to head a think tank called the heritage foundation where he stands to make something like ten times his current salary. yay for jim demint, good money. kind of. it's good for him, but it's really good for his colleague, republican senate leader mitch mcconnell. you see, jim demint is not your ordinary senator. he's like the grover norquist of the senate. he's the guy the other republican senators are really afraid of. and that is because more so than anyone else and definitely more than any other republican politician, demint is behind the tea party strategy of purifying the republican party in the cleansing fire of party primaries. demint created this pac called the senate conservativist fund, a pac he made into a super pac which makes it more super and exists to help conservative republicans beat other republicans. "since 2009 demint has raised more than $17 million to promote promising candidates in an effort to remake the senate not just in a
. how about a big news today? south carolina's jim demint announced he is going to resign from the senate to head the heritage foundation. that is good news not senate. at a time gets rid of one of the most whacko extremist members of the senate. bad news for the heritage foundation because they are going to be known as just a bunch of right-wing extremists. we will find out about that. first let's check in with lisa ferguson with this morning's current news update. >> good morning, everyone. happy friday. the president has a pretty light day on his schedule today, just a morning meeting with his advisors and this afternoon, he will sign into law the child protection act of 2012. now, that law protects children against child pornography, sexual abuse and sex trafficking by giving law enforcement more power to protect those victims and to go after sexual predators. the law was introduced by john cornun of texas and pass there had on november 26th. hundreds of union members and their supporters are protesting michigan's decision yesterday to rush thr
to get to today. it's all happy clappy news today. >> it is. >> stephanie: and jim demint bye-bye. [ bell chimes ] [ applause ] >> double your pleasure double your fun. >> jim de-mint. >> stephanie: all right. and we may hear -- are we going to hear maybe today about prop 8 supreme court. >> maybe. >> stephanie: it's another maybe. >> the supreme court really doesn't give a schedule. so when it happens it happens. >> stephanie: you know prop 8 of course passed because of all of that mormon money that magically flows into california. >> i don't trust it as far as i can throw it. >> stephanie: they are trying to soften their image towards the -- in this case the gays. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: julie sent this. momma and the mooks oh goody, mormons admit that gay people may have been born that way. >> but don't act on it, they say. >> stephanie: they are softening the tone of the opposition to gay people drawing breath on the same earth. >> yeah. >> stephanie: now gay people you are free to get over your unfortunate luck in being gay, howe
jim demint, resigning from the senate. going to take over as head of the heritage foundation. he is a great free market defender of capitalism. what do you make of jim demint leaveliing the senate? >> i think there's two ways to look t a it. the way i look at it, i've jokingly said he's going to a better place. but i really am serious about that in the sense that it's a promotion. he's going to a big microphone. we will be a national spokesman for free markets, for libertarian conservative principles, for the constitution, heritage has a great 30, 40-year history of being on the right side of these issues. i think jim demint will be a great spokesman for them. >> he said that conservatism has to spread more publicly and that's one reason he's going. he wasn't happy with the 2012 elections. do you think conservatism just didn't make the case in the elections last november? >> we always have to do a better job at how we speak about liberty, the constitution and how inclusive it is and how it offers things to people who have not yet experienced the fruits of liberty. so i think we c
. the goose is getting fat. >> plus, go on. >> south carolina senator jim demint is dequitting. >> run stephen, run. >> you want somebody young, conservative, from south carolina. maybe who has super pac pointing -- wait a second. ♪ >> thank goodness it's friday and it's a busy one at that. we have breaking news. within the last hour, the supreme court has announced that it will for the first time take up appeals on same-sex marriage. hearing cases on the defense of marriage act and california's proposition 8. much more on that in a moment, and the busy week ends with some good news for america's workers and the president. a little christmas cheer some early. the u.s. economy generating a stronger than expected 146,000 new jobs in november helping trim the jobless rate to 7.7%. a four-year low. happy holidays, right? not if you're john boehner. >> this isn't a progress report because there is no progress to report. the president has adopted a deliberate strategy to slow walk our economy right to the edge of the fiscal cliff. >> yes, indeed, it's like a visit from the ghost of christmas past,
tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: here is the other good news i mentioned, jim demint is leaving. >> yeah. >> stephanie: so there is that -- ♪ double your pleasure double your fun ♪ >> stephanie: that is one of the big signs that the tea party is -- you know -- over. >> i honestly believe i can do a lot more on the outside than i can on the inside. >> the pay is better on the outside. >> did you see according to financial reports that he is the pourest member of the senate. >> stephanie: yeah and this is all about principal. >> i need more money. shmolians, clams -- i'm just in it for the bread, man. >> stephanie: "mother jones" -- [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: daddyo. >> stephanie: i need the bread? he might actually. "mother jones" craziest moments. it's hard to pick isn't it. jim demint says gay people and unmarried women having sex should not teach your children. >> well if they were having sex in class -- >> stephanie: yeah, with your -- no he means -- >> just in general. >> stephanie: god does not like big government. [♪ fun-facts music ♪
republicans stand for. south carolina senator jim demint went so far as to call on supporters of his senate conservative fund to call senate republicans and ask them to oppose what he's calling the boehner tax hike. the looming question for republicans what may be willing to compromise is what's your bottom line? the fallback position that is most likely at this point may turn out to be extending the middle class tax cuts through the end of the year and then continuing this fight in the run-up the need to raise the debt ceiling the end of january or early february. just what we need for it to drag on even longer. we're back with more show after the break. stay with us. jennifer >>>> it's these "talking points" that the right have about "the heavy hand of government". i want to have that conversation. let's talk about it. really. really! that you're gonna lay people off because now the government's going to help you fund your health care. really? i wanna be able to have those conversations. not just to be confrontational, but to understand wha
in the house and the senate are on board. jim demint, republican senator from south carolina. >> this is a time to negotiate with ourselves. we need to invite the president to work with us. his proposal was so outlandish, i don't think we should go back to the table until he puts something there that we can work with. the president has known about this fiscal cliff for over a year. and many of his decisions caused us to be in this position. >> how much of a problem does boehner have with other republicans potentially? >> it's a big problem. it's always been his problem. it's been a problem for the republican party since they started taking that no tax pledge 30 years ago. what is revenue increase? is closing deductions and loopholes a revenue increase? and if so, do you have to oppose that? i think what we see going on in the republican party right now is a fight between the stalwart, no new tax whatever conservatives and those who believe that they have a responsibility to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff in the short term and in the long-term. and as jessica was pointing out
the surprising resignation of tea party favorite jim demint. it seems kind of sudden. why now? >> everybody was surprised about this. but i seems in the aftermath of the election the republicans are still in the minority of the senate. demint was in the minority of the minority. that's not a very powerful place to be. demint always known as a bomb thrower, someone who liked to make trouble. he figured he's probably correct about this he could have more power and influence and be less restrained from the outside advocating for his ideas which has also been his first priority. >> david, what about congressman tim scott? that's a person most being talked up as a replacement. why if so if it's true? >> although he's just finishing his first term in the house, he has a lot of support from the tea party but also he worked well on the establishment on the republican side. john boehner tapped him to be one of the young leaders. i think there's also the factor he's african-american. there's no other african americans in the senate. he'd be the only one i think the republican side in congress. at a t
before about the e-mail alerts that conservative groups have put out, republican senator jim demint was up-front about the fact he's not happy about it. however, when it comes to speaker boehner's own republican conference, as it is called, we're told they met for an hour and there wasn't backlash, that they were united behind him. it seems as though, brooke, that the speaker has, for now, emphasize for now, been able to turn the frustration within his caucus against the president and not -- and keep it away from himself and that's why you're hearing over and over the speaker say that the republicans are trying to be reasonable, the republicans are trying to move the process forward and it is up to the president. at least at this point in time, to even respond because it has been two days since the president has gotten their counterproposal and haven't heard from the president. >> we know the congress is done for at least this week. some lawmakers have left town and you asked speaker boehner point blank, is he willing to stick around to work on the fiscal cliff problems? what was hi
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